Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo makes spectacular return after three years

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Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Over 800 performers from across the world are taking part in in this year’s Military Tattoo in Scotland, bringing with them incredible music, dance, and performance talents.

Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s imposing castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most iconic events in Edinburgh’s calendar.

The 2022 show titled Voices features traditional military acts as well as more than 800 dancers and musicians.

Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

There has been huge support for the revamped Tattoo from the British Army with colleagues from Defence in USA and Canada as well as the logistic support of HQ Scotland.

The event has been held on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade since 1950, but has not featured since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Organisers have said this year’s Tattoo, which will run until 27 August “draws inspiration from people around the globe.”

Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

There are cultural showcases and musical presentations by performers from Mexico, The United States, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand along with homegrown talent from the UK.

Audiences can expect to hear the legendary sound of the Massed Pipes and Drums that will echo around the Esplanade as part of Voices, supported by Tattoo Pipes and Drums, Tattoo Dancers, Tattoo Fiddlers, and musicians from UK Military Regiments.

Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

According to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo website:

Our story began over seven decades ago and had humble beginnings. It was inspired by a simple show called ‘Something About a Soldier’ performed in 1949 at the Ross Bandstand. The bandstand is still there, in Princes Street Gardens just below the Castle. Make sure to look out for it when you visit. Lieutenant Colonel George Malcolm was the first Producer of The Edinburgh Tattoo. He aimed to bring the Army’s contribution to the Edinburgh International Festival to life. From a modest event in a park to today’s global showcase at the Castle.

Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Crowds are gathering at Edinburgh Castle this summer now until 27 August, for the cultural spectacular.

Tickets are available online here.

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